Best Concealers for Dry Skin –December, 2018 Reviews & Buyers Guide

We’ve all had those sleepless nights that result in dark under-eye spots or other marks on our face that we want to cover up that have had us browsing makeup shelves for the best concealers.

If you have dark marks, scarring, red splotches, or wrinkles, you might be looking to add concealer to your daily makeup routine to make those blemishes invisible under your foundation.

You may even want a concealer that you can apply by itself for a natural, polished look as you go about your day.

Unfortunately, if you have naturally dry skin, a lot of concealers tend to dry out your skin even more, cause it to flake and crack. Or they may do the opposite and make your face look super oily.

That being said, we have compiled this list of our top 2018 concealers for dry skin that will combat that dryness while also giving you the coverage you are looking for.

What should I look for in a concealer?.

There is no easy answer for what you should look for in a concealer because every skin type is different. It is essential to know your skin type and be willing to try many different products. A concealer that works specifically for dry skin might not work for combination skin.

Concealer coverage ranges from light to full, which tells you what kind of blemish the concealer is made to cover. Light concealers may be good if you have subtle or few blemishes to cover.

Your concealer choice may also depend on what other products you use for your face since all products do not interact the same way.

The other thing that you should consider when choosing a concealer is the application process. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands to spend on your makeup, you’ll want to figure out which applicator type is easiest for you to work with.

Some people prefer applying their concealer with a sponge or brush, while others like to use crayon style application.

Regardless, there are many great concealers out there for dry skin, so you have a lot of options when it comes to trying to find the best one for you.

Best Concealers for Dry Skin

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Our Favorite
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation, Mocha, 1 fl. oz. (Packaging May Vary)
Highest Rated
NYX Professional Makeup Concealer Wand, Fair, 0.11-Ounce
Highest Quality
Benefit Fake Up Hydrating Crease Control Concealer - #01 Light 3.5g/0.12oz
bareMinerals Correcting Concealer SPF 20, Light 1, 0.07 Ounce
Josie Maran Argan Creamy Concealer Crayon (Light 1)
Description
While this is technically a foundation, people who have tried it have claimed that it blends so well it is useable as a concealer.
The NYX line can also be found virtually everywhere, so it’s something to consider if you like to pick up your makeup wherever you happen to be shopping.
Benefit is made with Vitamin E and apple seed extract to give your skin nourishment and a healthy look
This concealer is also pretty light, which may be good for you if you are new to makeup or do not like to be able to feel it on your face.
This hydrating concealer is infused with argan oil, which makes it easy to blend into your skin and with other products.
Our Rating
Price
from $1.25
$3.24
$99.00
from $11.08
from $13.00
Our Favorite
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Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation, Mocha, 1 fl. oz. (Packaging May Vary)
Description
While this is technically a foundation, people who have tried it have claimed that it blends so well it is useable as a concealer.
Our Rating
Price
from $1.25
Highest Rated
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NYX Professional Makeup Concealer Wand, Fair, 0.11-Ounce
Description
The NYX line can also be found virtually everywhere, so it’s something to consider if you like to pick up your makeup wherever you happen to be shopping.
Our Rating
Price
$3.24
Highest Quality
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Benefit Fake Up Hydrating Crease Control Concealer - #01 Light 3.5g/0.12oz
Description
Benefit is made with Vitamin E and apple seed extract to give your skin nourishment and a healthy look
Our Rating
Price
$99.00
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bareMinerals Correcting Concealer SPF 20, Light 1, 0.07 Ounce
Description
This concealer is also pretty light, which may be good for you if you are new to makeup or do not like to be able to feel it on your face.
Our Rating
Price
from $11.08
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Josie Maran Argan Creamy Concealer Crayon (Light 1)
Description
This hydrating concealer is infused with argan oil, which makes it easy to blend into your skin and with other products.
Our Rating
Price
from $13.00
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Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, No. 2, 0.08 Ounce
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Foundation For Normal/dry Skin,Nude, 1 Fl Oz
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer, 20 Light 0.12 Oz
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Vanilla
COVERGIRL Smoothers Moisturizing Concealer, Light (packaging may vary)
Description
This concealer is thick and creamy, so you don’t need a lot of it to cover your dark or red spots.
It has 13 shade options, so you may have more luck finding your shade than with brands with fewer choices.
If you want a concealer that will effectively hide dark circles, Neutrogena Hydro Boost may be one concealer for dry skin that you’ll want to try.
For dry skin, you typically want to find a creamy concealer like this one.
Covergirl has a line of products specifically made to be great for dry skin.
Our Rating
Price
$27.00
$9.98
$8.27
from $36.98
$9.65
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Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, No. 2, 0.08 Ounce
Description
This concealer is thick and creamy, so you don’t need a lot of it to cover your dark or red spots.
Our Rating
Price
$27.00
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Revlon ColorStay Liquid Foundation For Normal/dry Skin,Nude, 1 Fl Oz
Description
It has 13 shade options, so you may have more luck finding your shade than with brands with fewer choices.
Our Rating
Price
$9.98
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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer, 20 Light 0.12 Oz
Description
If you want a concealer that will effectively hide dark circles, Neutrogena Hydro Boost may be one concealer for dry skin that you’ll want to try.
Our Rating
Price
$8.27
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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Vanilla
Description
For dry skin, you typically want to find a creamy concealer like this one.
Our Rating
Price
from $36.98
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COVERGIRL Smoothers Moisturizing Concealer, Light (packaging may vary)
Description
Covergirl has a line of products specifically made to be great for dry skin.
Our Rating
Price
$9.65

Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation

If you typically have trouble finding your color in concealers and foundations, you might have some luck with Maybelline Fit Me Dewy, as it comes in 24 different shades.

While this is technically a foundation, people who have tried it have claimed that it blends so well it is useable as a concealer. In addition to this, it hydrates skin without making your face look oily, which is good if the products you use for your dry skin tend to make it look too much like the opposite.

If you have more to cover up than just a few spots, you may be interested in using this as your concealer or for your full face.

This is not a very heavy product but will still cover dark circles or red spots. Be prepared to potentially have to re-apply, however, because this concealer/foundation tends to last for 6-8 hours.

Pros and Cons

  • Contains SPF 18
  • Good for moderate to full coverage
  • No pump application
  • May wear off mid-day

NYX Professional Makeup Concealer Wand

NYX concealer wand is made with hydrators for dry skin and comes with an easy to use wand applicator. If you’re the type of person who needs to take your concealer with you and don’t want to worry about it accidentally spilling in your bag or car, you might want to try NYX.

The NYX line can also be found virtually everywhere, so it’s something to consider if you like to pick up your makeup wherever you happen to be shopping.

One bonus is that it is talc-free and cruelty-free, which might be important to you if you try to consciously buy your makeup and other products.

This concealer is reported to run out quickly, which may be surprising. If you are used to concealers that last for months. Luckily, its low price makes it pretty easy to stock up on.

Pros and Cons

  • 20 different shades to choose from
  • Medium to natural coverage
  • Cruelty-free
  • May have to be applied in layers for good coverage
  • Runs out quickly

Benefit Fake Up Hydrating Crease Control Concealer

This is another easy to use concealer with a lipstick style applicator, which is awesome if you need something portable and quick. Benefit is made with Vitamin E and apple seed extract to give your skin nourishment and a healthy look.

If you need something that covers wrinkles or under-eye circles, you might want to try Benefit Fake Up. This concealer for dry skin handles for light to moderate coverage, so keep this in mind if you are looking to cover up large or dark blemishes!

Reviewers have commented that this concealer is well worth the buy, and the extra add-ins serve to ensure that your face will stay hydrated throughout your day.

Pros and Cons

  • Easy application
  • Vitamin E and apple seed extract
  • Must reapply every 6 hours
  • May make normal skin look greasy

BareMinerals Correcting Concealer

BareMinerals concealer should work for you if you have youthful skin and if you want to cover dark undereye circles or light blemishes so that you look polished throughout your day.

This concealer is also pretty light, which may be good for you if you are new to makeup or do not like to be able to feel it on your face. If you want this concealer to cover deep wrinkles or dark spots, you may have to layer it to get that coverage.

The only thing you might want to be mindful of is that this makeup might melt during warmer months, so be wary of that if you plan to keep your concealer in your car or bag. The good news is that is contains SPF 20 to protect your skin from sun damage.

Pros and Cons

  • Contains SPF 20
  • Lightweight but full coverage
  • May run during hot months
  • Not for fine lines

Josie Maran Argan Creamy Concealer Crayon

Some people love crayon application for its convenience and unlikeliness to waste, so you might appreciate that Josie Maran concealer uses crayon style application.

This hydrating concealer is infused with argan oil, which makes it easy to blend into your skin and with other products. It may be super great if you are looking for something natural/ organically made.

The concealer goes on smooth and creamy, but if you touch your face a lot, you may need to pair it with a powder to make sure it will last all day.

Also, if you need more products for your dry skin than just concealer, of want to replace your current products, Josie Maran’s argan oil line of body butters and other makeup has been stated to be great for dry skin types.

Pros and Cons

  • Has a crayon application
  • Made with 100% argan oil
  • Six color options may have to blend to get your shade
  • May need to reapply throughout the day

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer

If you have sensitive skin, you know that you can’t just put any makeup on your face without worrying about having a bad reaction or break out. Laura Mercier might be a good choice for you as it is made to work for dry, sensitive skin.

This concealer is thick and creamy, so you don’t need a lot of it to cover your dark or red spots. It could also work for you if you want to keep a natural look, or not use foundation in your daily routine.

This concealer also comes in a container that requires you to use a brush or to apply with your fingers, so make note that it may take more time to apply than a product with stick or squeeze application.

However, this application method does make it easier to use the exact amount you desire for your face.

Pros and Cons

  • Works on sensitive skin
  • Can be used with foundation
  • Thick and creamy texture
  • Need to reapply throughout the day
  • Need to use brush or fingers to apply

Revlon Colorstay Makeup for Normal/ Dry skin

Also made with hyaluronic acid and having an SPF of 20, Revlon Colorstay might be good if you need a long-lasting concealer that doubles as a hydrator. It has 13 shade options, so you may have more luck finding your shade than with brands with fewer choices.

People who have tried this concealer remark that it is good for moderate to full coverage, so if you have some larger or relatively faint blemishes to cover, this drugstore concealer might be worth a shot.

However, the product is not hypoallergenic, so if your skin is sensitive or acne-prone, you may want to be mindful when you apply this product.

Revlon is also stated to be long-lasting, so if you tend to have long days or don’t want to be bothered with constant re-application, I’d take a chance on Revlon.

Pros and Cons

  • SPF 20
  • Moderate to full coverage
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Few shade options for darker skin tones
  • May not be for acne-prone skin

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer

If you want a concealer that will effectively hide dark circles, Neutrogena Hydro Boost may be one concealer for dry skin that you’ll want to try. Neutrogena Hydro Boost is made with hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance in your body found mainly in your eyes and joints.

You’ll find hyaluronic acid in many concealers and other makeup products these days because of its newfound benefits for skin hydration.

Many reviewers appreciate that the concealer’s five shades have neutral tones and not orange or pinkish ones like some similar concealers.

It also glides on relatively easily and does not come out cakey, because it is made to be a light concealer to cover small imperfections.

Some have mentioned that Neutrogena Hydro Boost may not blend well with other foundations or products that you may use for your face. However, if you prefer to go most days with light makeup, or want something to put under your eyes, this might be the concealer for you.

Pros and Cons

  • Oil-free
  • Hyaluronic acid makes skin feel hydrated
  • Comes in five different shades
  • May need to experiment to find your exact shade
  • Does not blend well with other products
  • Gives you light coverage

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

If you want something to use once a day, every day, you may want to try NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. It has been said by reviewers that this concealer should last all day and be gentle on your face.

For dry skin, you typically want to find a creamy concealer like this one.

It may appear thick and cakey if you are not used to working with this brand, but reviewers have claimed to solve that problem by using a damp beauty blender and less concealer.

 

You might be surprised to see the small bottle, but this concealer for dry skin should still last you a while since you shouldn’t have to use a lot each time.

Also, this concealer layers nicely so it may work to give you full coverage if you are aiming for a more made up look, or have big or dark spots to conceal.

Pros and Cons

  • Great for sensitive, dry skin
  • Long lasting
  • Doesn’t oxidize
  • Might experience a tiny bit of creasing

Covergirl Smoothers Moisturizing Concealer

Covergirl has a line of products specifically made to be great for dry skin. This moisturizing concealer is made with ginseng, an herb typically believed to reduce stress and boost energy; vitamin E and chamomile.

If you need something creamy with an easy application, Covergirl may work for you. It has a lipstick style applicator that is less messy than having to use a sponge or your fingers. If you also plan to put foundation over it, reviewers of Covergirl have been happy with the way it blends with other makeup.

Perhaps you have many acne scars all over your face that you like to use a thick concealer to cover up. You may have to get used to the texture of this concealer if you are used to light or thin concealers.

Bottom line is, if you need something quick that won’t break your wallet, you might want to try Covergirl Smoothers Moisturizing Concealer.

Pros and Cons

  • Made with ginseng, Vitamin E, and chamomile
  • Easy application
  • May be thicker than expected

Final Thoughts

All concealers do not conceal the same. If you have small or light blemishes that you are looking to cover up, you may want to try a lightweight concealer. For more prominent blemishes, a heavier concealer might do the trick better.

The type of application you use matters. If a concealer comes out cakey or splotchy, you may want to switch up your application style to find one that works for you.

It’s also essential to consider how your other products might work with your concealer if you plan to also use moisturizer, powders, or foundation.

The good news is that some concealers are made specifically to combat dry skin and make your skin look healthy and hydrated without looking oily. Just remember to remove your makeup nightly to keep your skin looking refreshed.

Lastly, don’t get discouraged if the first concealer you buy isn’t your exact shade. To me, part of the fun with makeup is experimenting until you find that perfect match, or sometimes blending two colors!

We hope that you have found this review helpful in your search for a concealer for dry skin.